Sunday Post – 10/08/2017

October 8, 2017 Sunday Post 15

The Sunday Post is hosted by the wonderful Kimba, the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news, recap the past week, take a look ahead, and showcase our new treasures—I mean books!

Fall Fiber Festival & Montpelier Sheep Dog Trials (10/07/17). Photo © K. Pekar 2017

 My Week

I spent most of the week working on music, getting the practice tracks ready for my young singers. The adult chorus (which I sing in rather than direct) is doing several songs and hymns by John Rutter; we had our first rehearsal this week.

Mr. Bookwyrm and I attended the Fall Fiber Festival and Montpelier Sheep Dog Trials yesterday. It’s always a fun day. He enjoys watching the sheep dogs, the “wee duggies” as we’ve called them since hearing an announcer say that, years and years ago.  I enjoy that, too, but I also love seeing the different wool-bearing animals: six or eight breeds of sheep, a few goats, angora rabbits, and alpacas and llamas. And watching people spin. And browsing the vendors, looking for a skein or two of yarn I simply can’t resist — even though I have more yarn already than I can knit up in the next 10 years. I came home with a modest haul: 2 patterns, 2 skeins of yarn, and a pair of knitting needles.

I’m still a bit melancholy about our church closing, but I’m also resigned. Things change; we’ll get through it. But I didn’t get much “new” reading done this week; I’m still heavily into the comfort books.

We lost internet over much of the weekend, due to a malfunctioning modem. We got it up and running temporarily on Sunday, but I wasn’t able to post this week’s News & Notes, and the Sunday Post was late. I hope to pick up the new modem from the cable company on Monday.

 

Last Week on the Blog

 

Upcoming on the Blog

  • Queen City Mischief & Magic Festival – tentative
  • Fall Fiber Festival – tentative
  • reviews TBD
  • News & Notes – 10/14/2017
  • Sunday Post – 10/15/2017

 

What I’m Reading/Watching

Reading: I continued rereading Robyn Carr’s Virgin River series — this week, books 9 through 13.  I still intend to get back to Murder, Magic, and What We Wore and The Waking Land, as well as my growing (virtual) pile of forthcoming releases. Next up is an ARC for a tour: Death Overdue by Allison Brook.

Listening to: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

Watching:  We rewatched the Sherlock special episode (“The Abominable Bride”) and then watched Season 4, Episode 1 (“The Six Thatchers”) for the first time. No spoilers, but it made me really sad. Of course, we watched episode 3 of Star Trek: Discovery. I think it’s going to be a really good show despite the Klingon redesign. We also saw a few more episodes from the 4th season of Father Brown. Mr. Bookwyrm is watching Ken Burns’s documentary on Vietnam, which he says is excellent (as you would expect from Ken Burns), but I’m waiting until I feel a little stronger emotionally. I know it’s going to be an emotional show for me, both because of the content and because it was part of the soundtrack or background noise of my childhood — not entirely understood, but always there, a part of every night’s news broadcast. I was in 7th or 8th grade when my social studies teacher came in and informed us that today was the first day in our young lives that our country was not at war: a sobering thought at the time.

 

New Additions to the Hoard

Due to my internet connectivity problems, I didn’t get to update these, so I’ll post them next week.

 

Have a wonderful week, and happy reading!

15 Responses to “Sunday Post – 10/08/2017”

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      The Festival was fun, and I can’t wait to start knitting the yarn I bought. We got off to a late start so I didn’t get to see much of the dogs this time. I was too busy wandering the vendors and the animal tent! My husband watched them, though, and says that a lot of the competing dogs were less experienced than last time we went, so it wasn’t quite as impressive. He had more fun watching the “pro” dogs round up the sheep after each competitor was done with them.

      I was enjoying Murder, Magic, and What We Wore before I got sidetracked by other review books and then by much-needed comfort reads. It’s not gripping, but it’s fun.

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      The Festival was fun, and I can’t wait to start knitting the yarn I bought. We got off to a late start so I didn’t get to see much of the dogs this time. I was too busy wandering the vendors and the animal tent! My husband watched them, though, and says that a lot of the competing dogs were less experienced than last time we went, so it wasn’t quite as impressive. He had more fun watching the “pro” dogs round up the sheep after each competitor was done with them.

      I was enjoying Murder, Magic, and What We Wore before I got sidetracked by other review books and then by much-needed comfort reads. It’s not gripping, but it’s fun.

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I’m finding, as I have every time I reread the Virgin River series, that I start to lose interest around #14, but it’s been helpful and to some extent healing to revisit them. I love the early books and really like the middle ones.

  1. Greg

    The fiber festival looks nice, and it appears you had a good sunny day for it! Sorry to hear about the internet troubles- that’s always irritating.

    Glad that the new Star Trek is good so far. I wondered.
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I have some major issues with the Klingon redesign, beginning with the break in canon and going on with how it cuts down on actors’ expressions and diction. And it’s a darker, more dystopian universe than Roddenberry’s original vision. But on the whole I’m giving the series a thumbs-up. Sonequa Martin-Green is fantastic as the Vulcan-raised Michael Burnham, the rest of the cast is very good, and they’re developing an interesting cast of characters.

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      It was hard, believe me! I could happily have gone home with $500 worth of yarn and fiber for spinning. But it’s not in the budget, and I’ve got a lot of stash yarn that I need to find projects for. 🙂

  2. Charlie

    Sorry about the internet – it stinks when it’s acting up. Glad it was an easy fix, though! I hope these comfort reads do bring you a measure of comfort and hope you start getting the feel of these new churches.

  3. Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

    The fiber festival sounds like a fun event.I’m not sure I’ve ever encountered a festival devoted to fibers! But I imagine for someone who knits there is plenty to look at and plenty of temptation. 🙂
    It’s always so annoying when the internet goes out. I find myself at loose ends and have to remind shelf that I went the first 30 or so years of my life without internet and that I can survive without it. LOL Although once it was out for several days and I did resort to going to the library because I had committed to a blog tour weeks prior and had to get a post up. Glad your issue was short-lived!
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Turns out our internet issue was a malfunctioning cable modem — malfunctioning because they upgraded the data delivery system so much, the 8-year-old modem couldn’t keep up! They issued us a new one for free; I picked it up on Friday. It’s been working like a charm so far. 🙂

      Yarn stash for knitters is like quilt fabric for quilters: it’s both a collection and the material we work with. So yes, lots and lots of temptation! I should have posted pictures of the yarn I did buy…

  4. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    The mention of the sheep dogs made me smile. I grew up with Shelties and they’ve done a few beginner herder trials which are always fun to watch. One time a sheep got fed up with the nipping and barking and turned around and head butted the dog. The dog was not real thrilled about that! I’m sorry to hear about your church and can imagine that it is very sad. Going to comfort reading sounds like the right thing. Sometimes we just need the familiar. The fiber fair sounds fascinating. I don’t do anything with yarn but with all the color and variety I think I would not have gone home empty handed! Hope this week is better for you!
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Shelties are pretty good herders from what I’ve heard. (Pun not intended.) Most of the dogs at the trials are Border Collies, but occasionally there’s something else, or a mix. The main thing besides the herding instinct is they have to be smart. But Mr. Bookwyrm said most of them were obviously pretty new at it, this year. Some years, it’s just amazing to watch them.

      It’s really hard for me to resist gorgeous yarn and gorgeous spinning fiber. I’m still regretting not getting one of the batches of roving I saw. It was gorgeous!

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